Martin Whitfield MSP has joined parliamentary colleagues in helping mark this year’s Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) at Holyrood.

MSPs came together to attend a photo call in support of IAM organised by Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND).

IAM was launched by British Muslim organisations in 2012 to challenge stereotypes about Islam and raise awareness of Islamophobia.

Every November, the campaign works with stakeholders including the police, schools, universities, community organisations and elected representatives.

For 2023, the theme for IAM is #MuslimStories. The aim is to create connections between people from diverse faiths and backgrounds by sharing stories and creating meaningful conversations about islamophobia.

Martin Whitfield MSP said: 

“I’m grateful to Muslim Engagement Development for all the incredible work they do and for arranging the opportunity for MSPs to show their support for Islamophobia Awareness Month.
“Their commitment to fostering understanding and unity is the cornerstone of combating hate and discrimination. Tackling Islamophobia and other forms of hatred must always be a fight for all of us.”
Find out more about Islamophobia Awareness Month and the work of MEND at